May 17, 2022

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C’River PDP  To Wike: You Have Our Support To Become President

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Godwin Ajom
Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers state and presidential aspirant of the PDP on Wednesday secured the assurances of the 18 chapter chairmen of the party that they will support his aspiration with their votes without thinking twice, when the times comes for the party primaries.
Wike was in Calabar, Cross River State  and was received by party leaders, stakeholders and chieftains of the party, including two former governors of the state- Donald Duke and Liyel Imoke. Serving senators as well as aspirants for the seat of governor in the state-Senator Sandy Onor, Senator Gershom Bassey and Chief Daniel Asuquo.

 

Addressing the party leaders, Wike said: “I am here to tell the people of Cross River state, that I am ready to run; I want to run for the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I am not running for running sake, I’m not running to negotiate for anything, I’m not running to negotiate for vice president, I am running to become president.
“I have respect for all of you, that is why I said I must come by myself. I don’t need to send people to come and talk to you, I come myself, I have excess energy. I will go everywhere, one day I will be in Kano State, some people are looking for consensus; ‘if it didn’t dey, it didn’t dey’, what  I dislike is to deceive people, what I will not do, I will not do.
“To be president of Nigeria, nobody will dash you anything, you will sweat it out.  Give me this ticket, I am the one who can tell APC enough is enough, I am not here for Donald Duke, not for Liyel Imoke, I am here for Nigerians. You need someone who is bold and fearless, what is in me is greater, insecurity everywhere nobody can catch me. Cross River used to be where people come for holiday, it is not like that again today, some say Wike is too rough, harsh and arrogant, leave all those things, what we need is someone who can win election.”
He said the only way out of insecurity was intelligence. “You cannot fight insecurity without intelligence, invest in intelligence, intelligence can give you an edge against insecurity. It is not about building roads, who will use the roads if people are dying of insecurity? Even agriculture cannot thrive. Government’ s first duty is security of lives and property, outside this. There is no governance.
Responding, the leader of the Cross River Caucus at the National Assembly, and senator representing Cross River central, Senator Gershom Bassey assured Wike of the state’s support.
“There is no need for too much talk, you are going to see Cross River state in this your presidential ambition, the women have a slogan, they say ” action, action, action”, so Cross River is intact; you will see our action,” he said.
 Duke, who also spoke at the event regretted that “Nigeria is today a disgrace. We are nowhere to be found in the global sphere. It’s a big disgrace; so let’s not look for leadership where it is not,” he said.
The state chairman, Venatius Ikem,  presented what he called “a love letter” to Wike. The letter was not read out, but was received by the Rivers State governor. Ikem spoke of the decision of the 18 chapter chairmen to support Wike.

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